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Siyo!
And all this time I only knew that a Purple Cow was a
drink made of grape juice and vanilla ice cream!

Clint

--- Dan Sulani <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On 12 June, John Cowan wrote:
>
>
> > It's true I wrote the "Purple Cow";
> > I wish I never wrote it.
> > But I can tell you anyhow,
> > I'll kill you if you quote it.
> >         --Gelett Burgess, twenty years later.
>
>
>     Aw, c'mon, John. Don't make me play George Lucas
> and give the folks Chapter One long  _after_
> they've seen
> a later chapter! ;-)
>     Oh, very well!  :-)  The original poem goes:
>
>                 I never saw a purple cow,
>                 I never hope to see one;
>                 But I can tell you, anyhow,
>                 I'd rather see than be one.
>
> According to the version on
>
> www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/120.html
>
> the poem had a title almost as long as the poem
> itself:
>
>                 The Purple Cow's Projected Feast
>                 Reflections on a Mythic Beast
>                 Who's Quite Remarkable, at Least
>
>
> The reply, writtten after Burgess had become
> remembered
> more or less only for this, to the exclusion of
> everything
> else he had written, also apparently had a title:
>
>                 CONFESSION: and a Portrait, Too,
>                 Upon a Background that I Rue!
>
>
> (to nitpick, the second poem is given at the above
> site as:
>
>         Ah, Yes! I Wrote the "Purple Cow"--
>         I'm Sorry, now, I Wrote it!
>         But I can Tell you Anyhow,
>         I'll Kill you if you Quote it!  )
>
>
> Dan Sulani
> ---------------------------------------------------
> likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a
>
> A word is an awesome thing.


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